Wednesday, February 29, 2012

How's Those Tastes Buds Workin' for Ya?

We have been asking ourselves a lot lately, why some people are picky eaters while other people will eat  anything. And, why is it that a child who was the pickiest eater ever decides he/ she could enjoy just about any food from any culture? These are both great questions. We have opinions, but nothing scientific to back up what we think the answers are. What we do know from experience is that our taste buds can change.

Americans have become accustomed to eating a lot of sugar and processed foods. We don’t know why we get addicted to processed foods. We are not sure if the problem is in our mind or our taste buds, but sugary, salty and fatty foods are addictive for many people. Ever crave a potato chip? Was it that commercial you just watched or is it your body telling you sodium please! Well, slap me silly on both sides and call me a pancake! we don’t know why, but we do know that our mind and our taste buds are the best of friends and the worst of enemies.

Like so many of you, We are trying to healthify our diet. We know that it takes a lot of desire, will power and stick-to-it-ness! Some experts say it takes about 3 weeks of sticking to a sugar free and reduced salt diet to change your taste buds. That means being on your guard all the time and that’s not easy!

So, what is the answer to eating better and learning to like foods that are good for you? We have to redefine our eating habits, reset our taste buds and use some determination. It has been our experience that changing our desire and taste for healthier food can happen. It can even be an exciting journey as we learn more about nutrition and search out recipes that have healthy alternatives and still taste delicious.

There are many healthy recipes floating out there. We bet you even have some. How about sharing with us by sending us a recipe or even write for our blog as a guest? When we share it helps us, help each other to make dinner hour happen in our homes.


  1. Jeanne, as you know I have been working on my health and losing weight. What is one ALL AMERICAN food that is SO difficult to give up? Pizza! Well, my plan has a fantastic substitute for that! We just tried this last night and LOVED it. Here is the recipe but it is one that can easily be changed and adapted to your favorite, such as Hawaiian, or turkey pepperoni! Try it! It honestly will surprise you!


    1/4 cup Egg Beaters (1/8 Lean)
    3/8 cup (which = 1/4 cup + 2 Tbs.) 2% low fat shredded Mexican 4 cheese variety for a
    firmer crust (3/8 lean)
    1 cup Fresh Raw Cauliflower and then shred in a food processor (2 greens) I hand shred
    Dash of Italian spices (optional)

    Mix together and put into a Pam sprayed foil pie pan. Pat down so it all sticks together.
    Bake 20 min at 450 till it starts to turn brown then flip it over and bake another 10 minutes. I made 4 crusts at a time so that I can freeze them and have a quick pizza if I'm low on time.

    2 tsp Ragu Pizza Quick sauce - it's only .5g of sugar (2 condiments)
    1/4 cup 2% low fat shredded Mozzarella cheese (1/4 lean)
    1/4 cup of the Morning Star Sausage crumbles (1/4 lean)
    1/2 cup of veggie - bell peppers, mushroom, etc. (1 green)

    Put back in oven for about 10 minutes so that the cheese melts.

  2. This is a terrific recipe. Thanks for sharing! Alice